Women’s Travel Tip: Whale Watching in BC

Last updated on May 3rd, 2021

Enjoy this tip about Campbell River, BC, Canada from our JourneyWoman community!

Whale watching along the coast  

I drove up Island to Campbell River and stayed at Painter’s Lodge, an old iconic lodge so named because there used to be painting retreats there with brilliant teachers. They also have another property a short boat ride away on Quadra Island (April Point). The lodge has been host to many celebrities over the years- notably Bob Hope who came for the fishing.

Campbell River Whale Watching is one of the companies in Campbell River that offers this, as well as Grizzly and other wildlife tours.

 I went with Nanaimo Whale Watching and cruised the Gulf Islands where we saw humpbacks and babies. There are many whale watching companies along the coasts of the Island. I liked that our boat took only 12 passengers, masked so plenty of room to watch whales, sea lions, seals, eagles, cormorants etc. 

This year has been wonderful for whale watching all along the coast. No need to be in a boat, there have been so many sightings of orcas, humpbacks, babies. People have been watching from parks and waterfronts all along the coast. Last week orcas were playing in the harbour in French Creek, in my backyard. There are also many waterfront properties on our coast, neat ferry rides from Island to Island or mainland, beautiful beaches and parks.

– Joy, Vancouver Island, BC 

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All photos provided by Joy. 

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